Race Weekend Central

Double Take: Cup Championship Trends Heading Into Homestead

(Photo: Lesley Ann Miller /NKP)

Well, folks, this is it. There’s just one more weekend of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing, and this is the most important weekend of the season for the four drivers still in contention for the championship. For Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, this marks the third time in four years they have a chance …

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Double Take: As One Plate King Retires, Another Steps Up

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/ NKP)

For a while there last Sunday (Oct. 15) at Talladega Superspeedway, it looked like Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to do it. In his final start at his best track, in front of the strongest crowd in years at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., Earnhardt dodged wreck after wreck, barely unscathed but ready for …

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Double Take: 8 Key Stats for the Rest of 2017

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Writers don’t like to admit it, but every once in a while a topic will completely and utterly elude them. It shouldn’t be a concern in a sport as fast-paced as NASCAR — between the travels of the weekly circuit and all the crazy moves teams make to put themselves in a better position down …

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Double Take: What a Difference 12 Races Make

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Remember way back when, following the Coca-Cola 600, when Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. were single-handedly running the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? A combined 10 top fives, 13 top-10 finishes, eight stage wins. There was no one close to them in the points; Brad Keselowski was 77 points behind in third. At that point, …

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Double Take: Ryan Preece Defies History, Looks to the Future

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Relegation is a big part of most stick and ball sports. Do poorly and move back to the minors. Finish with a losing record, get knocked back a league. But in NASCAR, where driver performance varies year to year, relegation isn’t as common. You might move from team to team, but moving down a level …

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Double Take: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Authentic Until the End

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

“Some of your accomplishments on the track sort of get forgotten. Who you are as a person never gets forgotten. I hope people thought I was good, honest, represented the sport well.” Those words, spoken by Dale Earnhardt Jr. following his final race at Sonoma Raceway last weekend, sum up the 42-year old’s career in …

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Double Take: More Memorial Day Weekend Doubles, Please

(Photo: Mike Harding)

The greatest weekend of racing has passed, and boy, were fans treated to an awesome trifecta of events. Fans started off the day by seeing Sebastian Vettel win the Monaco Grand Prix, his third win of 2017 and 45th overall in Formula 1; he’s now won 50 percent of the races contested this season, only …

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Double Take: Ford’s Fiery Start Comes at Toyota’s Expense

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Ford has been on fire in 2017. With Joey Logano picking up his first win of the season at Richmond International Raceway last weekend, the Blue Oval now has four victories through the first nine races of the season, including the sport’s crown-jewel event at Daytona International Speedway in February. The fact these four wins …

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Double Take: The Arrival, Rise & Potential of Kyle Larson

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA USA Sunday 26 March 2017 Kyle Larson celebrates his win in Victory Lane World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Kyle Larson has arrived. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to race fans — after all, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver came into the sport much heralded, being possibly the most hyped driver since Joey Logano’s entry into Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing a half-decade or so back. Despite only a handful of years …

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Double Take: 17 Years in the Blink of an Eye

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Seventeen years. That’s how long I’ve been a NASCAR fan. I watched a few races as late as 2000, even lived near Daytona International Speedway for a couple of years in the late 1990s, but only when I moved away did I really start to get into the sport that has grown to consume my life. …

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